Sporting legacy to continue in county

A pilot project which has helped thousands of people get involved in sport could be a blueprint for keeping the Olympic flame alive, according to the group behind the Derbyshire Village Games.

Organised by High Peak-based not-for-profit Community Sports Trust, the Games has over the past two years attracted more than 25,000 participants, had more than 120,000 attendances at 190 weekly clubs and activities and recruited 1,113 volunteers and 833 coaches.

Six Village Games Officers working in partnership with Derbyshire Sport, district councils, Sport England, Rural Action Derbyshire and the Primary Care Trust have helped local people set up regular classes, clubs and activities on their doorstep.

Next month the CST will be launching a “Supporting Village Games” campaign to make sure the project continues beyond July 2013 when their current funding runs out.

Project Manager Hayley Lever believes Derbyshire is leading the way in showing how we can capitalise on Britain’s success at London 2012.

She said: “We want to build on the inspirational efforts of our Olympians and Para-athletes to provide a real long-term legacy for people of all ages and abilities.

“Our success here in Derbyshire over the past two years proves our grassroots approach works.”

lTo find out more about how to get involved visit www.villagesgames.org.uk.